World Cup Predictions and Odds

There are hundreds of different betting markets available and many football fans are already making their World Cup predictions for 2018. We take a look at the latest odds ahead of the tournament and focus some of the most popular markets including FIFA World Cup winners and teams to qualify. Our predictions will hopefully point you in the direction of some winning wagers throughout the tournament.

Teams to Qualify

One of the most popular bets ahead of the tournament getting underway on June 14th is predicting which teams will qualify for the knock-out round of the competition. Two sides will progress from each section and we have a look at each of the eight groups in more detail.

Group A

Teams to Qualify - Group A

Uruguay have the best chance of qualifying from Group A. The South American side have the most talented squad in this section and they possess firepower in the shape of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani. They looked a decent side when beating Wales 1-0 in the China Cup at the end of March and after finishing second in the South American qualifying group, they will fancy their chances of reaching the knock-out round without too many problems. They have been priced up as the favourites in Group A and can be backed at 1.25 with Royal Panda to secure qualification.

Russia are second favourites at 1.28 and are expected to follow Uruguay through to the round of 16. They have already lost a couple of players to injury but have a number of squad players who play across top leagues in Europe and look a much better all-round unit under the management of Stanislav Cherchesov.

Egypt have been given a small chance of progression and they appear to be the value in Group A at 2.87 with Betway. They have Mo Salah, who has netted over 30 goals in the Premier League this season and he could be a potent weapon for the Pharaohs.

Group B

Spain and Portugal are the two sides who are expected to dominate in Group B. Spain have been installed at 1.07 to qualify for the knock-out round with Julen Lopetegui’s side expected to be involved in the final four. They have an incredibly strong line-up with Isco, David Silva, Alvaro Morata and Gerard Pique all expected to feature. They have an incredibly strong defence and they are unlikely to concede many in this section.

Portugal have been rated as second favourites to qualify from Group B and are available at 1.17 with Sports Bet. The Euro 2016 winners are strong and have the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo who will be heavily relied upon during this tournament. They face Spain in the opening fixture and that will be a crucial fixture in Group B.

Morocco and Iran are not expected to trouble the European duo in the group although the North African side have been given the best chance of the two. They have been priced at 6.5 with Betway.

Group C

Teams to Qualify - Group C

France are one of the favourites in the World Cup betting odds and Didier Deschamps’ side are expected to progress easily from Group C. Les Bleus reached the final of Euro 2016 and it’s 20 years since they were World Cup winners. They have a talented roster which includes Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

Denmark are rated as the next best side in Group C and are the team who are favoured to follow France through to the knock-out round. They have the hugely talented Christian Eriksen pulling the strings in the centre of the park and they should be too strong for both Peru and Australia. Denmark are 1.66 with Betfair to secure their progress whilst outsiders Australia are available at 5.50.

Peru are an interesting side who might just fall short but expect them to play some exciting, attacking football in Group C.

Group D

Teams to Qualify - Group D

Group D looks set to be dominated by Argentina. They may have struggled to qualify but they always play well at major tournaments and reached the final in 2014. They are 1.16 with Royal Panda to seal their place in the next round of the competition. Lionel Messi scored four times in 2014 and he is expected to continue his excellent form which has seen him help Barcelona to the La Liga title this season.

According to our predictions, Croatia look set to be the team who follow Argentina into the knock-out rounds of the competition and they are available at 1.53 with Betway. They have struggled for consistency in recent years but they rarely fail to progress and with the likes of Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic in their side, they should make it to the round of 16.

Group E

Teams to Qualify - Group E

Once again, there is one team who are the clear favourites in Group E. Five-time World Cup winners Brazil are heavily fancied to book their place in the round of 16 and they can be backed at 1.04 with Sports Bet. Tite’s side were incredibly dominant throughout their qualifying campaign and booked their place in Russia with a couple of games to spare. They have been handed a relatively straightforward looking group and should be able to progress easily.

Switzerland are the side who are fancied to join Brazil in the next round of the competition. They have a number of creative players who are more than capable of winning matches at major tournaments and they’re also incredibly tough to break down. Vladimir Petkovic is a decent tactician and his side can be backed at 2.00 with Bet365.

Serbia are a decent side who could cause some problems in Group E but according to our predictions they will just fall short.

Group F

Teams to Qualify - Group F

Germany should dominate Group F with Joachim Low’s side expected to prevail easily. The holders sailed through the group stage four years and have also wrapped up the Confederations Cup in the intervening period. They are rated as almost certainties to progress and can be backed at 1.05 with Betway.

Sweden surprised the footballing world by knocking out Italy during the qualifying process. They have been deemed as having the second best chance of progression and should be able to book their place In the next round of the competition. Bet365 rated them as 2.25 chances to make it through. Mexico could run them close and are available at 2.1 with Royal Panda. They qualified easily but they can be quite unpredictable and Sweden look slightly stronger.

Group G

Belgium and England look set for a fascinating tussle at the top of Group G and it’s the Red Devils who are predicted to qualify top of the group. Gareth Southgate’s side should follow them through to the next stage of the competition and they have a good young squad who could be lively going forward. Bet365 have Belgium priced at 1.12 with England 1.14.

Tunisia are solid and tough to break down but they’ve been handed a tremendously tough group and could struggle to keep up. They are 4.5 to spring a surprise and book their place in the next round.

Group H

Group H looks nip and tuck and there are a number of teams who could qualify for the next round of the tournament. Colombia have been given the narrow advantage by our predictions with Jose Pekerman’s side looking lively in the final third. They have the likes of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez in their side and should edge out Poland. The South Americans are 1.33 with Sports Bet.

Poland have Robert Lewandowski, who remains one of the best goalscorers in Europe and he gives them a decent chance of qualifying for the round of 16. They are priced at 1.44 and are expected to follow Colombia through to the next stage.

Senegal are also in contention and provide the value In this group at 2.75 with Betway. They have previously enjoyed this competition and have a decent attacking side which could spring a few surprises along the way.

Group Winner

Group Winner is one of the most popular markets and our World Cup predictions have picked out a side to finish top of each section.

Group A

Group Winner - Group A

Uruguay are predicted to finish top of the pile in Group A with the South American side looking stronger than Russia in every department. They can be backed at 2.1 with Royal Panda to finish above the remaining three teams in this section with the hosts expected to be their nearest challengers.

Group B

Group Winner - Group BDespite Spain and Portugal both being highly rated, it’s Spain who are expected to finish top and secure a slightly easier match in the next round of the competition. They have an incredibly experienced back-line and many are expecting the 2010 World Cup winners to keep plenty of clean sheets throughout the competition. Portugal are the next best and can be backed 3.00 with Bet365.

Group C

Group Winner - Group C

France are the dominant force in Group C and at odds of 1.33 with Bet365, Didier Deschamps’ men are predicted to progress with very few problems. They are likely to finish top of this section and it’s very difficult to see any of the other three sides challenging their leadership. Denmark could be a potential danger and they are priced at 5.5 to finish above Les Bleus.

Group D

Group Winner - Group D

Argentina are a confident prediction to qualify for the next round and they are expected to finish top of Group D. Jorge Sampaoli’s side have a number of talented players but don’t always perform as a team. They are the 1.66 favourites to finish top of this section and they should find themselves at the summit after three matches. Croatia are expected to be their nearest challengers and can be backed 3.25 with Royal Panda.

Group E

Group Winner - Group E

Brazil are one of the shortest prices to finish top of their group and can be supported at 1.3 with Sports Bet. Tite’s men shouldn’t find any of their opponents too challenging and with the projected return of Neymar Jr, they should be extremely tough to beat. Switzerland are their nearest challengers but aren’t expected to be strong enough to topple the Brazilian dominance here.

Group F

Group Winner - Group F

Unsurprisingly, Germany are the overwhelming favourites to finish top of Group F and they can be backed 1.36 with Bet365. They are a tremendous force and have quality all over the pitch. They are the holders and our predictions don’t foresee any problems for Joachim Low’s side here. Sweden are the next best side in this section and can be backed at 7 with Betfair to finish above their fellow Europeans.

Group G

Group Winner - Group G

It’s going to be nip and tuck between Belgium and England in Group G with Roberto Martinez’s deemed more likely to finish top of this section. They have slightly more experience in their side and have match-winners such as Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens in their team and that could make the difference here. England should also be strong and will be relying on the goals of Harry Kane. The Three Lions are available at 2.2 with Sports Bet.

Group H

Group Winner - Group H

Once again, Group H is far from clear-cut at the top with both Colombia and Poland give decent opportunities to finish top of this section. Colombia have been given the nod and can be backed at 2.3 with Betfair. Poland are likely to run them close and are available at 2.75 with Royal Panda. They have tremendous firepower and it could be a fascinating battle at the top of Group H.

Quarter Final Predictions

Many of the top online bookmakers have already priced up each side’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup. We take a look at which sides are fancied to reach the final eight.

2014 FIFA World Cup winners Germany are the favourites at 1.5 with Bet365 to reach the final eight and they rarely exit prior to this stage. They should have an easy time in their group and finishing top is likely to provide them with an easier fixture in the round of 16. They are alongside Brazil who are also priced at 1.5. These two sides have been tipped to meet in the World Cup final on July 15th.

The World Cup betting odds also suggest that France should progress to this stage without any problems and they are expected to be joined by Spain who are available at a slightly bigger 1.61 with Bet365.

Argentina and Belgium are both priced at 1.66 and shouldn’t have too many hiccups along the way. They are expected to reach the quarter-finals of this competition. The latter have previously struggled to make it this far but they look much stronger and have plenty of experience.

England are 1.83 whilst Portugal are 2.37 and are the other teams who are expected to make it to the final eight. Both teams disappointed in 2014 and are desperately hoping to bounce back this time around.

World Cup 2018 Semi-Final Predictions

Getting to the final four of any major tournament is considered a significant achievement and each team will be hoping that they can book their place in the semi-finals of the competition. We take a look at which sides are likely to feature in the latter stages of the event.

Germany and Brazil are once again priced up as favourites to book their place in the final four and the two International powerhouses are priced at 2.0 and 2.1 respectively. There is the potential that they could meet in the final although both of them will have to finish top of their group to ensure they don’t meet in the round of 16.

France and Spain are expected to make up the final four according to the betting odds and can be backed 2.2 and 2.37 respectively. Argentina are next at 2.87 and will be hoping to muscle in on the top four in the market. They reached the final in 2014 but were narrowly beaten by Germany in the showpiece event.

At bigger prices, Belgium and England are 3.25 and 4 to gate-crash the party and reach the semi-finals of this competition.

To Reach the Final Odds and Predictions

Only two sides can reach the final of the World Cup 2018 which takes place on July 15th in Moscow.  Bettors can predict which of the 32 sides will make it all the way with Brazil and Germany the favourites.

The 2002 winners can be backed at 3.5 with Sports Bet and were progressing well in 2014 until the bumped into 2014. They arguably have a stronger squad this time around and that’s why they are being prominent in this market.

Germany are always there or thereabouts and as the holders, you’d expect them to be towards the top of this market. They can also be backed at 3.5 with Sports Bet.

Those who aren’t confident of Germany vs Brazil final at the 2018 World Cup can back Spain at 4.2 or France at 4.00 although Didier Deschamps’ side do occasionally have off-days. Argentina who narrowly missed out to Germany can be backed at 5.00 to make it to the final two.

World Cup Winners Odds and Predictions

Since the World Cup winners markets formed, Brazil and Germany have been difficult to separate at the top of the market. Both are now available at 5.5 with Bet365.

Many ante-post bettors have been keen to back Tite’s side especially considering their excellent qualifying campaign. They have a wealth of talent and they are considered the stronger of the two sides. No side has managed back-to-back titles since 1962 but Germany will be keen to re-write this record and build on their 2004 success.

Whilst these two sides have dominated the market, there are a number of other sides who will be hoping to get their hands on the Jules Rimet Trophy. France are available at 7.00 to win their second title exactly 20 years on from their inaugural success. Spain were victorious in 2010 and will be hoping to add to that and can be backed at 8.5 whilst it’s been a while since Argentina won some silverware and they can be backed at 10.00.

World Cup Top Goalscorer Odds and Predictions

The top goalscorer market is always one of the most popular ways to bet ahead of any major tournament. The competition will showcase a number of global superstars together on the same stage and it could be a captivating four weeks. James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot back in 2014 with six goals.

Lionel Messi scored four times during the 2014 tournament and he is priced up as the favourite for this event. He is 10.00 with Royal Panda and comes off the back of a sensational season in La Liga. The Argentinian FA President has told the team that they need to up their game as they cannot win a World Cup relying on Lionel Messi but he is likely to steal the show.

Brazil are expected to progress to the latter stages of the competition so there will be plenty of opportunity for both Neymar Jr and Gabriel Jesus to find the back of the net. They are priced at 11.00 and 17.00 to finish as the top goalscorer.

Cristiano Ronaldo started the season slowly for Real Madrid but the Portuguese superstar has found his form and is likely to enjoy being centre-stage once again. Although Portugal aren’t expected to progress to the final, he is popular in this market and is available at 15.00

France should score plenty of goals throughout the tournament and the majority of that burden is likely to fall on Antoine Griezmann. He is priced at 15.00.

Since the retirement of Miroslav Klose, Germany are now relying on the goals of Timo Werner and he is available at 17.00. They are likely to create plenty of chances for the striker and he could wrack up the goals in Russia.

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